Political Calendar: Week of May 19, 2019

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Political Calendar for the Week of May 19, 2019:

Sunday, May 19, 1:30 p.m.: Legislative District 11 Precinct Committeeperson Summit, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley. All Precinct Committeepersons (PCs) and those wondering what does a PC do are encouraged to attend and bring a neighbor. Learn the answers to the questions: What is a PC and what can they do to Elect Democrats? What is the best way to Register Voters? How do Democratic clubs work with Candidates? What were the results of the 2018 elections? For more information please contact legdist11dems@gmail.com.

Monday, May 20, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, (NEW Location) Kettle Restaurant, 748 W. Starr Pass Blvd., west of I-10. East 22nd Street turns into W. Starr Pass Blvd. at the I-10.  The Kettle restaurant serves American buffet food, and is on the north side of the street, near the Quality Inn. An optional buffet lunch is available for just $12.00 that includes beverage, tax, and tip. Ordering from the regular menu is available. Featured speaker is Lane Santa Cruz, Ward 1 City Council Candidate. Next Week: No DGT in observance of Memorial Day.

Monday, May 20, 6:00 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122 S. Goldfield Road, Apache Junction. For more information please contact David Coward at dbcoward@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 21, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at Manda Le Bar & Grill, 3455 Canyon De Flores, Sierra Vista, Meet the third Tuesday of each month. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For more information please contact Pat Smith at pandw111167@aol.com. Visit our web page. Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Wednesday, May 22, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott (on the Antelope Hills golf course). Luncheon reservations are required. A buffet luncheon will be provided. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. RSVP by email: DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 848-2753. Contact us ASAP if you make reservations and are unable to attend. The public is welcome, but reservations are required. To join, email the form and pay at the luncheon, or mail with a check to Sandy Baggenstos, DWPA Treasurer, 530 N. Fitzmaurice Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303.

Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 p.m.: The Pima County Democratic Party in collaboration with the , the Sunrise Movement, The Citizens’ Climate Lobby, The Real Progressives, and The AZ Ground Game are hosting this special event: What’s the Deal With the Green New Deal? How Are You Going to Pay For That? Dr. Fadhel Kaboub is an Associate Professor of Economics at Denison University and the President of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity.  He has been speaking across the nation for the past months to educate us on this very important topic.  Dr. Kaboub’s academic work and public speaking focus on poverty, unemployment, and economic justice. His presentation makes the case for a Green New Deal and what it can deliver in a state like Arizona. He will argue for a federally funded Job Guarantee program to tackle climate change, inequality, and poverty.RSVP:  https://actionnetwork.org/events/2how-to-pay-for-gnd-m4a-fjg-dr-fadhel-kaboub/. Open to the public.

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Young Democrats May Meeting, at the Queen Sheba Eritrean Food Restaurant, 5553 E. Grant Road, Tucson. Paul Cunningham from Tucson City Council will be our guest speaker as he discusses his re-election campaign for Ward 2. Everyone interested in learning more about supporting democratic issues, candidates or our club is welcome. We generally meet the fourth Wednesday of every month. For more information please see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/pimayoungdems.

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. Meet the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Friday, May 24, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson is hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross from Noon to 5 p.m., at the Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue, Tucson. If you are able to donate please let us know and we will get you booked. We are also being joined by Representative Kirsten Engel for a Legislative update. Please contact Jeremy Lasher at jaylasher82@gmail.com or call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767, or log onto redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code: DGT.

Saturday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting. Meeting locations rotate between Benson and Wilcox. For more information please contact Kathy Suagee at soprano_58@hotmail.com. Visit our web page Northern Cochise County Democrats.

Saturday, May 25, 2:00 p.m.: Voter Registration Training (including Presidential Preference Election Info), at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E 1st Street, Tucson. This training will give you the information and materials you need to get started. Go to Event sign up for more info and to reserve your spot HERE.

Saturday, May 25, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. Meet the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Witthoeft at sdwitt77@gmail.com.

Special Announcements:

DCSRA Current Events Discussion Group

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a Current Events Discussion Group at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (Suite 420, between the Barber Shop and the restaurant Carne Y Vino). Join us at the weekly meeting of the Democratic Headquarters Current Events Discussion Group. We’ll talk about some of the major events of the previous week, including but not limited to political topics, and try and go behind the news for a deeper understanding. For more information, please contact Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Drinking Liberally

Third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally returns to The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street, Tucson. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks will attend.Please RSVP to tucson@drinkingliberally.org. Informal but thoughtful conversation. As a reminder, The Shanty does not serve food (yes, there is popcorn), so please feel free to bring your own or order in, all allowed at The Shanty. There is no obligation to order anything–but as a thank you to our host, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise).

Sunday, May 26, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

Monday, May 27: Memorial Day.

Monday, May 27, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress Street. Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Eva Dong at ecdong1@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue, Tucson. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kim Holoway at kimholaway@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Pizza Hut, 240 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at (480) 620-7840 or gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, May 29, 5:30 p.m. : Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Gerald Stoops at gfstoops@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. For more information please contact ghadc1@yahoo.com.

Saturday, June 1, 10:30 a.m.: Legislative District 10 Town Hall, at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Tucson. Legislative update from state Sen. David Bradley and Reps. Kirsten Engel and Domingo DeGrazia, followed by Q&A with your questions.

Sunday, June 2: National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The Wear Orange For Gun Safety awareness weekend is June 7-9.

Monday, June 3, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.

Wednesday, June 5, 5:30 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting, at Graham County Chamber of Commerce, 820 W. Main Street, Safford. Meet the first Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Becky Fox at beckyfox@cableone.net.

Thursday, June 6, 4:00 p.m.: Greenlee County Democratic Party meeting, at the Clifton Railroad Station, 100 N. Coronado Blvd., Clifton. Meet the first Thursday of each month. For more information see our Facebook Page.

Friday, June 7 – Saturday, June 8: Flagstaff Blues and Brew Festival, at the Continental Driving Range, on the corner of Country Club Drive and Old Walnut Canyon, 5200 E. Old Walnut Canyon Road, Flagstaff.

Saturday, June 8, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Usually meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue, Old Bisbee. For more information please contact John Viverto at vivertos@aol.com or visit our web page Mule Mountain Democrats.

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party meeting, at Coconino County Democratic Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Avenue, Suite #6, Flagstaff. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (928) 214-0393 or email Kevin Ordean at Kordean@ccdem.org.

Saturday, June 8, 1:00 p.m.: Sun City Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, in the Navajo Room of the Activity Center, 1495 Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Sun City. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information lease contact Maureen Salz mosalz@outlook.com.

Saturday, June 8, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (Room 203 meeting room). Featured speaker is Carolyn Campbell, Executive Director of Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, on the environmental impact of the proposed Interstate-11. For more information please contact (520) 838-0590.

Monday, June 10, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Meet the second Monday of each month. For more information please contact Mike Dayton at teachers12@msn.com or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.

Monday, June 10, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Highlands at Dove Mountain meeting, in the Dove Mountain Clubhouse Catalina Room II, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana. For more information please contact (520) 661-1919.

Tuesday, June 11, Noon: Democrats of Rim Country meeting, at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 Arizona Hwy. 260, Payson, AZ. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Tuesday, June 11, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Groth at (520) 385-6686 or check our web site. SaddleBrookeDemocrats.org.

Tuesday, June 11, 4:00 p.m.: Democrats for Picture Rocks meeting, at Horseshoe BBQ Restaurant, 6575 N. Sandario Road, Tucson. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Catalina Hall at dems4prandav@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting, at La Paloma Restaurant,  5183 Clifton Street, Solomon. For more information please contact us at grahamcountydemocraticparty@gmail.com or visit our Facebook Page.

Thursday, June 13, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Featured speaker is Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, June 13, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser Road, Prescott. $10.00 donation, $5.00 if you bring a dish to share. Meet the second Thursday of each month. Please RSVP to (928)541-0413 or email us at info@yavdem.org.

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party meeting, at the new Yuma Democratic Party HQ at 290 S. 1st Avenue, Ste. 1, Yuma. Parking is available in back. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact us at yumademocrats@gmail.com.

Friday, June 14: Flag Day.

Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16: 15th Annual Bisbee Pride, Parade is Saturday at 10:00 a.m., Line-up at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus meeting, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 1020 E. 31st Street, Tucson. Meet the third Saturday of each month. The caucus is not exclusively for African-Americans, all are welcome to join. For more information please contact Connie DeLarge at cdelarge@dmyl.com or (520) 241-8408.

49th Annual Tucson Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.: 49th Annual Tucson Juneteenth Festival, (new location) at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue, Tucson. Join us for a day of education, entertainment, storytelling nd information. Retail and food vendors on site.Fun for all ages. Free admission. For more information plese contact Valerie Stanley at tucsonjuneteenth@gmail.com or (520) 405-5826.

Sunday, June 16: Fathers Day.

Monday, June 17, 6:00 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122 S. Goldfield Road, Apache Junction. For more information please contact David Coward at dbcoward@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 18, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at Manda Le Bar & Grill, 3455 Canyon De Flores, Sierra Vista, Meet the third Tuesday of each month. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For more information please contact Pat Smith at pandw111167@aol.com. Visit our web page. Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Wednesday, June 19, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott (on the Antelope Hills golf course). Luncheon reservations are required. A buffet luncheon will be provided. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. RSVP by email: DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 848-2753. Contact us ASAP if you make reservations and are unable to attend. The public is welcome, but reservations are required. To join, email the form and pay at the luncheon, or mail with a check to Sandy Baggenstos, DWPA Treasurer, 530 N. Fitzmaurice Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303.

Wednesday, June 19, 6:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of Northern Gila County meeting, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson. Meet the third Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the third Wednesday of every month, and the new location is Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 10 meeting, at new meeting location, Unitarian Universalist Church, Goddard Hall, 4831 E 22nd Street, Tucson.There is a social time for all members and guests, beginning at 6 p.m. Meet the third Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Bonnie Heidler at ld10azdems@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, June 20, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Meet the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $15, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Saturday, June 22, 10:00 a.m.: Tucson World Refugee Day Celebration, at Catalina High School,3645 E Pima St, Tucson.Join us at 10 AM in the school auditorium for opening remarks and a youth citizenship ceremony. Then, beginning around 12 PM, come on down to the cafeteria for the Family Fun Fest. Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with games, giveaways, and cultural entertainment.” For more information see our Facebbok Page.

Saturday, June 22, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting. Meeting locations rotate between Benson and Wilcox. For more information please contact Kathy Suagee at soprano_58@hotmail.com. Visit our web page Northern Cochise County Democrats.

Saturday, June 22, Noon: Flagstaff Pride in The Pines, at Thorpe Park, 191 N. Thorpe Road, Flagstaff.

Saturday, June 22, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. Meet the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Witthoeft at sdwitt77@gmail.com.

Sunday, June 23, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

Monday, June 24, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

22nd Annual El Día de San Juan Fiesta

Monday, June 24, 6:00 p.m.: 22nd Annual El Día de San Juan Fiesta, Mercado San Agustin Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento, Tucson, across the street from Mercado San Agustin. The event will start with the launching of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project in Barrio Santa Cruz, then go on to the traditional procession through Barrio Sin Nombre and end with a big Fiesta at the MSA Annex. This celebration will feature live music, food, arts & crafts vendors, games, activities for children, and more! El Día de San Juan Fiesta is a traditional family friendly Westside cultural celebration that is free and open to public. The celebration will start at 5PM with the official launching of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project. This project will reintroduce a ribbon of flowing water to the Santa Cruz River to revive the natural landscape and support the return of endangered wildlife. Over time this will offer pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians an enhanced historical and cultural experience when traveling along the Santa Cruz. Following the release of water into the river, a traditional procession with the antique statue of San Juan Bautista will begin at 6PM outside the Mission Gardens. Prayers from several cultural traditions will be offered. The procession will go through Barrio Sin Nombre before arriving at the Mercado San Agustin Annex. The procession will travel onto the Annex where the Fiesta will go into full swing at 7PM. There will be entertainment, live music, piñatas, local food and crafts vendors, family activities and more. In keeping with the theme of the monsoon season and renewal, free water will be provided by Tucson Water to all Fiesta attendees. This year’s event is organized by El Dia De San Juan Coalition and facilitated by the offices of Councilor Regina Romero and Chairman Richard Elias. Parking is available in the lot directly in front of and behind the Mercado. The event will also be accessible by SunLink Streetcar at the two Mercado San Agustin stops.To find out how to support this unique Westside event, contact Liza Grant or Nathalia Untiveros by sending an inquiry to Ward1@tucsonaz.gov.

Monday, June 24, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress Street. Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Eva Dong at ecdong1@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue, Tucson. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kim Holoway at kimholaway@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Pizza Hut, 240 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at (480) 620-7840 or gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Young Democrats meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Everyone interested in learning more about supporting democratic issues, candidates or our club is welcome. We generally meet the fourth Wednesday of every month. For more information please see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/pimayoungdems.

First 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday June 27, (Time TBA): NBC News Democratic Primary Debate from Miami, Florida. Aired On: NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. Live Stream: NBCNews.com.

Thursday, June 27, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. Meet the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, July 4: Independence Day.

Saturday, July 20: 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon-landing – NASA.

LD 10 “Hoppy Hour” Beer Tasting

Saturday, July 20, 3:00 p.m.: LD 10 “Hoppy Hour” Beer Tasting, at the Hop Street Lounge, 7215 E. 22nd Street, Tucson. Join LD10 for a beer tasting, silent auction, food and fun!Tickets are available now: $20-includes 3 5 oz. tasters, $25-includes 4 5 oz. tasters. For more information see our Facebook Page.

Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday July 31, (Time TBA): CNN Democratic Primary Debate from Detroit, Michigan. Aired On: CNN. Live Stream: CNN.com.

Friday August 16 – Sunday, August 18: Woodstock 50 in Watkins Glenn, NY.

Tuesday, August 27: City of Tucson Primary Election for Mayor and Council members.

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